In an ongoing effort to keep supplying you with new directories here is another one that is UK specific. WURA is a UK Small Business Directory.
WURA is a free directory to list your site, but it does require a back link. The add your site form is quick to fill, and DOES NOT include one of the huge category lists that you always see on other directories. I hate those. There is a variety of categories though, and they even have a dating directory, Dating Directory UK.
One nice little feature that they have with your listing besides the basic description and link, is that it displays your sites PR. It also displays the number of views, and clicks your site has received from the directory. That is something I would love to see from Google. I use Xmarks as a Firefox add-on, and it does offering something like that when searching on Google.
UK sites only please, and take advantage while it’s free. I saw an option in the for where it appears they may be charging soon. Right now the prices is a big fat zero to list your site.
For those of you in the UK here is another seo and marketing site for you, TopClickMedia.co.uk. Before I even saw their URL I new I was on a UK site when I saw “looking at search engine optimisation” on their SEO page. The clue is the “S” and not a “Z” in optimization. Top Click Media specializes in PPC, SEO, and web design/branding.
It’s All Abou the Clicks
That’s their tag line, getting you the clicks. I know that’s what I want. To be a little more specific though, I want quality clicks. Top Click Media’s primary business is getting you clicks with quality pay per click services. The do campaigns on Google, MSN, and Yahoo, and have been managing ppc campaigns for over seven years. They also do campaigns on cell phones and Facebook, but what I have read about advertising on Facebook is “stay away”. I’m sure if it is done carefully it can work though. Facebook might also be important for branding techniques. I’m not a marketing expert, so you will have to ask someone like Top Click Media.
Another great service they offer is Ad-Doctor. I think this is a great idea. What they do is make sure your ads will a high percentage click thru. This is important for two reasons. The first reasons is that you want clicks. The second reason is that better performing ads cost less per click. Getting more for less is good, and testing with no experience in this can be an expensive venture.
Overall a nice looking site, and when you check it out, you will find it is clearly all about the clicks. I’m sure they are doing well.
Websites and Blogs, seo
The makers of Bosscart saw my previous post about BossCart, and wanted to let me know that they have it on a second domain in the UK, Ecommerce Shopping Basket Software.
Comparing the two sites, I actually like the UK one a lot better. The dot com one is stuff with a lot of content for reading, and who does that. The UK site offers plenty of visual reprensentations that gives the same points quickly and easily. Another big selling point of BossCart is the number of high quality, and free ecommerce templates they have to offer. Comparing the two sites the dot com one has just one text link, and the UK one has a number of screenshots of the templates. I am guessing the UK site sells more. Which site do you think would do better?
Tools, Websites and Blogs
I found a cool video on Microsoft Surface on this UK Webmaster Blogs. It’s located on the top right of the blog. Microsoft surface appears to work like a touch screen, but it’s not. It uses cameras behind the screen. Could be a great idea if you have kids like me. They don’t like to touch, they like to bash.
Also, if you have not heard of UK Webmaster Blogs, it’s basically a search engine marketing guide blog. I know the owner, and if you knew the size of his network and web activity, you would know that this blog is a good one to watch. I try to keep this site focused on web tools, so parts of his blog that I found interesting is the web hosting blog posts. I lease a ton of server space myself.
The blog has been around since 2005 so their are categories for just about everything webmaster related, and if you are new to building websites this would be a great page to bookmark.
Websites and Blogs
Webmaster Forums, there are a ton of them out there for sure, and many all seem the same. They all have the same or similar topics, but really, many are quite different. Some are good for selling ad space, some are good for learning code, and some you can find great search engine advice. The list goes on. In an effort to find something for everyone I have created a category just for webmaster forums on this blog. I plan on reviewing as many as I can in hopes to find something just for you. This is post #1 on this site for the Forum category.
Webmaster Forum UK
This first review is about Webmaster Forum UK, also known as WebmasterServe. WebmasterServe is a relatively new forum, created in 2008, but it has been rapidly growing in recent months. The site keeps pretty busy with a lot of off topic chatter, a good sign for an active community. It’s main point of interest though, is the buy and sell websites section. The site owner is actively trying to improve this section, and it should be relatively easy based on the other marketplace activities going on this forum.
Something I also like about this forum, and I am guessing should be an interest to this sites readers are the webmaster tools they have. They have a pretty extensive list of generators to help you build things on the fly. Make forms, drop down menus, robot.txt files quickly as easily. They additionally have a SEO tool section.
For those of you in the U.S. know that this is a UK based forum. I know many of you like to join forums just to help spread the word about your own sites. A UK audience may be on the other side of the Atlantic, but a good rule of thumb for marketing online is to make 20% of your target audience global. Joining the forum on the other side of the world can give you new perspectives, and a new audience. Hope to see you there!